Maoists killed five security personnel and injured two more in a gunfight in the Bastar region of South Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
Three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, a district policeman and a special police officer were killed when Maoists ambushed a patrol party near Buski village in Kanker district, 250 km south of Raipur.
The patrol party retaliated leading to a gunfight in a densely forested area, said Bastar Inspector General of Police T.J. Longkumer.
“A rescue operation was immediately launched and additional forces were rushed to the site,” Longkumer said.
The police believe that some Maoists were also killed.
“The amount of blood at the encounter site suggests a few Maoists were killed by the forces as well. But their bodies were probably taken away by the guerillas,” said state police spokesperson, IG Rajesh Mishra.
The impoverished Bastar region, covering five districts and spread across 40,000 sq km in southern Chhattisgarh, is considered the Maoists’ strongest bastion in the country.